Brimming with colorful bolts of fabric, carefully looped skeins of yarn, and rows of sewing provisions, Save A Thon Stores have been supplying New Yorkers with quality crafting necessities since 1973. With fabrics ranging from basic denim to upscale jacquard upholstery cloth from around the world, the shop showcases a range of patterned designs that can be crafted into cozy quilts or a signal to a passing ship that it would have looked better in plaid. Coils of lace ribbons and tubs of colorful beads add a decorative finishing touch to projects, which can be undertaken at home or under the tutelage of the shop's expert crafters during regular sewing classes. The teachers are also experts in the Wilton method of cake decorating and can help students artfully embellish cakes and cupcakes with fondant, tiny decorations, and tiny brides and grooms on a dessert destination wedding.
Macy’s Vision Express outfits eyes in alluring new specs inside five New York locations with on-site labs that can churn out single vision lenses in as fast as one hour and bifocal or progressive pairs within three to five days. Frames from D&G, Prada, Dior, and Fendi accent faces with on-trend designs wrought from wire and plastic with crowned crystal and enamel accents. Seasoned optometrists discern up-to-date prescriptions by scoping out eyes during routine exams, honing in on changes in vision and potential ocular-health problems.
Founded by a duo of devoted globetrotters, Home & Abroad outfits abodes with handcrafted and imported goods from around the world. In December, their award-winning window display refashioned a collection of wrought-iron table lamps ($15–$95) into tiny hot air balloons. Inside, crafty-patterned cotton cushions ($20) conspired with couches to create cozy and inviting spots to thwart their owners' attempts to go jogging or invent cold fusion. Home & Abroad helps fill empty rooms with sturdy, rustic furniture made from sustainable hardwoods and repurposed copies of Walden.
From the Source imports much of its fine furniture and home accessories directly from Indonesia, while many of its warehouse items are vintage “discoveries” such as recovered sculptures and salvaged architectural pieces. The expansive showrooms offer a bevy of aesthetic delights, such as sleekly finished Drift trays in one-of-a-kind cuts ($48 each) or summer ice vases made from recycled glass ($125 each). Judging by its cover, the mahogany Ecco bookcase (unfinished $495, finished $550) is built to showcase lofty intellectual volumes or your heirloom collection of Full House DVDs. The visually and nominally diametric Urban Farm media console ($750) is made from reclaimed teak and steel. Browse on your own or flag down a friendly staff member to locate your ideal coat tree ($315–$350) or bed frame.
Exceptional Furniture collaborates with more than 75 manufacturers to deck out abodes with a wide variety of contemporary and traditional furniture pieces. Domestic daredevils can take dizzying 360-degree spins atop black faux-leather bar stools to break up the monotony of motorcycling through rings of fire ($125). And committed couch potatoes can bring home a modern glass coffee table, whose curved metal legs bow in tribute to his owner's channel-surfing prowess ($200).
A globetrotting photographer specializing in editorial, portrait, and fine-art photography, Marc Burgess harnesses the experience needed to capture all images and emotions. At the studio or on-location, he shoots everything from headshots to models such as Rebecca Epley of America’s Next Top Model. He also covers weddings and has snapped commercial images for publications such as Modern Living. Various packages include options such as wardrobe tips as well as professional hair and makeup. And to assist others on their paths to photographic prowess, he also leads workshops that focus on varying aspects of the craft.
Since 1993, AKO Design Center has outfitted homes around the world with quality, brand-name furniture. AKO can furnish any room or hidden laboratory in the house with sleek, contemporary items ranging from beds and recliners to office desks. The store's design team works with customers in their design studio to help create sophisticated looks for the home or workplace, and they also collaborate with manufacturers to produce stylish pieces that complement each other when purchased as a set or that add decorative accents to already existing design schemes.